(WXYZ) – As the number of electric vehicles on the road grows, the United States is still behind other countries in terms of sales and public transportation.

China leads the world in EV development and sales in Europe and then the United States


Detroit Big 3 is releasing new EVs over the next several years.

Gov. Grechen Whitmer made headlines when she announced her intention to lead the country while driving a car at the Bella Motor Show. But it can be done, and at what cost?

“I am proud to announce here in Motor Bella 2021 that Michigan is on its way to deploying the first wireless charger on public roads in the country,” said Whitmer.

The announcement was made a few days after the buyer visited the new Ford F150 Lightening electric truck.

The governor was asked by automotive writers why Motor City and Michigan were behind EV charging stations behind other states.

“It’s interesting because I know a lot of people with electric vehicles, they can travel, but it’s … not as much space as we should be and our job is to do it,” she said.

This technology has been developed in other countries. Here is a video from New Zealand four years ago about the project with Qualcomm and 25 other partners. But the technology is still under development.

Indiana announced its partnership with Germany in early July and Purdue University. But now it’s just for study.

Scott Manning, deputy director of the Indiana Department of Labor, said, “We have budgeted and allocated $ 478,000. We anticipate that this special research project will cost over the next two years. ”

The Michigan Department of Transportation will submit inquiries next week.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Travel Michigan can answer the following questions:

  • What is the response timeline or deadline after the RFP is released? The RFP will be posted for approximately one month.
  • How much will the state spend on this development? We do not have actual costs at this time because we are requesting an RFP that includes cost-sharing requirements and opportunities. RFP is available on September 28thTh From MDOT.
  • Where does the money come from? Funds will be raised as a result of the resumption of the NAIAS Mobility Challenge Fund.
  • Is this in the newly transferred budget? No, these are not funds from the FY22 budget. You have returned from previous assignments as mentioned above.
  • What criteria are used to determine if this is possible? This project provides an opportunity to see how and where an induction charger can be included in the infrastructure, to identify potential challenges, to determine the cost to the end of the infrastructure, and to determine how much vehicles will receive from the road or pad. Where the buses stop to pick up. This provides an opportunity to develop standards and details for such infrastructure. The project provides an opportunity to learn more about the different types of vehicles to use the inductor charger and the differences that need to be considered in future plans.

It is too early to say how much it will cost to deploy this, let’s say 150, 200 miles of public highway. Our first test looked at a very small quarter of a mile and again focused heavily, Manning said of the Indiana project.

Mobility includes heavy traffic and heavy trucks on the highway.

And four seasons of weather, hot summers, and cold winters with snow and ice.

“We have that, that peace of mind, and we know how it works on a public highway where we look at all sorts of situations and all kinds of vehicles,” Manning said.

At Motor Bella, EV cars are here for future transportation.

“If you get an electric car, it’s a big concern for me,” said Warren Cindy Husky. I travel a lot. So I always stop and pay. ” There is a word about how she feels, called regional anxiety.

So when the governor ran for office next year, her last campaign cycle was to fix the bad roads. How does this fit in?

That is a good question. “I think it will take a little bit of both.”

While the feasibility study is under way, we may not have an answer on the road for a year or two.